This week's DVD releases

Bruce Dancis
McClatchy Newspapers (MCT)

"I'm Not There"

Genius Products/The Weinstein Co., $28.95, rated R

Another side of Bob Dylan - or rather, many sides of Bob Dylan are shown in Todd Haynes' adventurous film in which different actors (including Cate Blanchett, Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Richard Gere, Ben Whishaw and Marcus Carl Franklin) portray the legendary singer-songwriter at various stages of his career. Special features include a commentary by Haynes, nine deleted scenes, short features on the making of the film and its soundtrack, audition tapes for Whishaw and Franklin, a gag reel and much more.

"First Sunday"

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, $19.95, rated PG-13

Pals Ice Cube and Tracy Morgan need money desperately, so they come up with the brilliant idea of robbing a neighborhood church. Naturally, complications ensue in this comedy, which features Katt Williams in a scene-stealing role as a church choir leader. Bonus features include a commentary by writer-director David Talbert, deleted scenes, a gag reel, outtakes with Williams and Tiffany Pollard, and several short features about the cast and crew.

"P.S. I Love You"

Warner Home Video, $28.98, rated PG

Hilary Swank stars in this romantic comedy, directed by Richard Lagravenese, about a recent widow who keeps receiving letters from her late husband with instructions about how she can best get on with her life. Extra features include additional scenes, a conversation with author Cecilia Ahern, a documentary ("The Name of the Game Is Snaps") and a music video by James Blunt.

"Twister: Special Edition"

Two discs, Warner Home Video, $20.97, rated PG-13

Cows, and just about everything else, fly in this 1996 hit, an adventure film starring Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton about meteorologists who track tornadoes. It's out on a two-disc DVD with a digitally remastered picture and bonus features including a commentary by director Jan DeBont and special-effects supervisor Stefan Fangmeier, specials from HBO and the History Channel, and documentaries "Chasing the Storm: Twister Revisited" and "Anatomy of a Twister."

"African American Lives 2"

PBS Home Video/Paramount Home Entertainment, $24.99, not rated

The ancestry of contemporary African Americans is explored in this moving and fascinating PBS documentary hosted by scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. Using the most up-to-date genealogical techniques, including DNA analysis, and extensive historical research, the film (in four one-hour episodes) examines the histories of comedian Chris Rock, actors Don Cheadle and Morgan Freeman, poet Maya Angelou, singer Tina Turner, radio host Tom Joyner and others.

"Movin' On Up: The Music and Message of Curtis Mayfield & The Impressions"

Reelin' in the Years Productions/Universal Music Group International, $19.99, not rated

R&B star Curtis Mayfield died in 1999, but the music he made as a member of the Impressions and as a solo artist in the 1960s and `70s endures, setting a high standard for socially conscious pop music. This two-hour documentary includes 22 songs that aired on TV from 1965 to 1973, including "People Get Ready," "Choice of Colors" and "Freddie's Dead" (from "Superfly"), plus interviews with Chuck D, Carlos Santana, Ambassador Andrew Young, Altheida Mayfield (Curtis' widow) and former members of the Impressions. Bonus features include additional interviews, five extra performances and a 28-page booklet about Mayfield's music and life.


Ace of Hearts (rated PG)

Bella (rated PG-13)

David Beckham: Life of an Icon (not rated)

Bewitched: The Complete Sixth Season (not rated)

The Bridges of Madison County: Deluxe Edition (rated PG-13)

The Business of Being Born (not rated)

Dans Paris (not rated)

Delirious (not rated)

Doodlebops Live in Concert! (not rated)

The Films of Morris Engel With Ruth Orkin: Little Fugitive, Lovers and Lollipops, Weddings and Babies (not rated)

The 4400: The Final Season (not rated)

Grizzly Rage (not rated)

Hi! I'm Riff! (not rated)

The Hottie & the Nottie (rated PG-13)

I Really Hate My Job (rated R)

Love's Unfolding Dream (not rated)

Macon County Line (rated R)

Madeline: Next Stop America (not rated)

Moola (not rated)

Oprah Winfrey Presents: Mitch Albom's for One More Day (not rated)

Over Her Dead Body (rated PG-13)

Saawariya (rated PG)

Senior Skip Day (not rated)

Steel City (rated R)

Teeth (rated R)

Tre (rated PG-13)

The 2007 Academy Award Nominated Short Films (not rated)





The Kinks and Their Bad-Mannered English Decency

Mark Doyles biography of the Kinks might complement a seminar in British culture. Its tone and research prove its intent to articulate social critique through music for the masses.


ONO Confronts American Racial Oppression with the Incendiary 'Red Summer'

Decades after their initial formation, legendary experimentalists ONO have made an album that's topical, vital, uncomfortable, and cathartic. Red Summer is an essential documentation of the ugliness and oppression of the United States.


Silent Women Filmmakers No Longer So Silent: Alice Guy Blaché and Julia Crawford Ivers

The works of silent filmmakers Alice Guy Blaché and Julia Crawford Ivers were at risk of being forever lost. Kino Lorber offers their works on Blu-Ray. Three cheers for film historians and film restoration.


Rush's 'Permanent Waves' Endures with Faultless Commercial Complexity

Forty years later, Rush's ability to strike a nearly perfect balance between mainstream invitingness and exclusory complexity is even more evident and remarkable. The progressive rock classic, Permanent Waves, is celebrating its 40th anniversary.


Drum Machines? Samples? Brendan Benson Gets Contemporary with 'Dear Life'

Powerpop overlord and part-time Raconteur, Brendan Benson, grafts hip-hop beats to guitar pop on his seventh solo album, Dear Life.


'Sell You Everything' Brings to Light Buzzcocks '1991 Demo LP' That Passed Under-the-Radar

Cherry Red Records' new box-set issued in memory of Pete Shelley gathers together the entire post-reunion output of the legendary Buzzcocks. Across the next week, PopMatters explores the set album-by-album. First up is The 1991 Demo LP.


10 Key Tracks From the British Synthpop Boom of 1980

It's 40 years since the first explosion of electronic songs revitalized the UK charts with futuristic subject matter, DIY aesthetics, and occasionally pompous lyrics. To celebrate, here's a chronological list of those Moog-infused tracks of 1980 that had the biggest impact.

Reading Pandemics

Poe, Pandemic, and Underlying Conditions

To read Edgar Allan Poe in the time of pandemic, we need to appreciate a very different aspect of his perspective—not that of a mimetic artist but of the political economist.


'Yours, Jean' Is a Perfect Mixture of Tragedy, Repressed Desire, and Poor Impulse Control

Lee Martin's Yours, Jean is a perfectly balanced and heartbreaking mix of true crime narrative and literary fiction.


The 60 Best Albums of 2007

From tech house to Radiohead and Americana to indie and everything in between, the 60 best albums of 2007 included many of the 2000s' best albums.

Love in the Time of Coronavirus

Solitude Stands in the Window: Thoreau's 'Walden'

Henry David Thoreau's Walden as a 19th century model for 21st century COVID-19 quarantine.

Love in the Time of Coronavirus

Will COVID-19 Kill Movie Theaters?

Streaming services and large TV screens have really hurt movie theaters and now the coronavirus pandemic has shuttered multiplexes and arthouses. The author of The Perils of Moviegoing in America, however, is optimistic.

Gary D. Rhodes, Ph.D
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